UPDATE: One dead and another injured in power plant ‘industrial accident’

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UPDATE, JUNE 15, 9:15 P.M. The Frontier Group of Companies has confirmed one of the workers injured in an incident at the former Sporn Plant earlier today has died as a result of his injuries.

A second injured worker remains hospitalized. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

UPDATE: The company issued the following statement:

“Our thoughts and hearts are with our co-workers and their families at this time. We mourn with them and we pray for them.

We will complete a thorough and exhaustive investigation into this incident, so that we can understand what happened, why it happened, and take every measure possible to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

UPDATE 2:40 p.m. 6/15/2020: The owners of the former Sporn Plant in New Haven, WV have released a statement regarding an incident where two workers were injured.

We are investigating an incident that occurred at the former Sporn Plant earlier today in which two employees were injured. The two workers were preparing a small ancillary structure at the site for demolition, when the structure apparently collapsed prematurely.

Emergency responders transported both workers to area hospitals. We do not have information on the extent of their injuries at this time. We are incredibly grateful to the Mason County emergency services personnel who immediately responded to the site.

A wide-ranging team of plant and company personnel has been dispatched to the site to complete a thorough investigation. We will update and cooperate with all necessary regulatory and oversight agencies as the investigation continues.

Our entire team is devastated by this incident and our prayers are with our co-workers and their families at this time.”

The Frontier Group

NEW HAVEN, WV (WOWK) – Two people have been taken to the hospital following an industrial accident at the Philip Sporn Power Plant in New Haven, West Virginia.

Emergency dispatch officials received a call at approximately 10:48 a.m. that two people had been injured in an industrial accident at the plant, according to Dennis Zimmerman, director of the Mason County Office of Emergency Services.

Zimmerman says the individuals are believed to be employees and the accident happened in a gated area where demolition was taking place. One person was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Cabell County, and the other was taken to a local medical center.

Crews from the Mason County EMS, New Haven Volunteer Fire Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Department and New Haven Police Department responded to the scene.

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